Australian Aviation Hall of Fame announce agreement with HARS

The Australian Aviation Hall of Fame (AAHOF) announced today that the organisation has reached agreement with the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) to co-locate its planned permanent home and display within the HARS hangar complex on the Shellharbour Illawarra Regional Airport.

AAHOF was created to publicly recognise the outstanding achievements of the individuals and organisations who have made significant contributions to aviation and aerospace and to seek for opportunities to inspire our future generations.

Founded in Wagga Wagga in 2010 with the support of founding sponsors and Wagga Wagga City Council, to date AAHOF has inducted 31 individuals and five organisations, with a growing list of potential worthy recipients for the future.

The Hall of Fame is widely recognised within the aviation industry for its endeavours to honour the past and inspire the future.

AAHOF Chairman Steve Padgett said there was a commitment to sponsors and supporters to create a permanent home and a specific purpose display for AAHOF.

“After seeking proposals from various locations around Australia, we were delighted to find that our objectives and interests and those of HARS were closely associated, enabling us to jointly form a relationship for the benefit of both organisations and to those who support both HARS and the Hall of Fame,” Mr Padgett said.

“I would like to thank HARS president Bob De La Hunty, his board and Shellharbour City Council for their enthusiasm and commitment to join with us to make this a reality."

Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba said the public recognition of the hard work and achievements of HARS members was well-deserved.

“Our airport is a significant asset to our city and to the Illawarra as a whole and I congratulate HARS and Bob De La Hunty for their commitment,” Cr Saliba said.

“Our airport is one of Shellharbour’s biggest assets and to have a world-class attraction located there for both educational and recreational purposes reflects well on our city,” she added.

HARS President Rob De La Hunty said the Hall of Fame announcement was an additional drawcard to the Illawarra, not only nationally, but internationally.

“It recognises the city’s rich aviation heritage. Shellharbour Council has been extremely supportive in pushing the organisation to adopt inclusion of the Hall of Fame,” Mr De La Hunty said.

“HARS has a wonderful collection of historic aircraft but inclusion into the hall of fame is important for education experiences for future generations.”

Over coming months AAHOF will work with HARS to design and construct a display area which will highlight past and future inductees, accommodate relevant material and plan for long term strategy and development of the display.

For more information contact Shellharbour Council’s Media Officer on 4221 6038 or 0448 361 008.